Public hearing this Friday, October 20, 2017, to address LD725. 9:00 am Room 214 of the Cross Office Building , Augusta. Free public parking available in the multilevel parking garage on the corner of Capitol and Sewall Streets.
The USDA will shut down Maine’s Meat Inspection Program on November 1, 2017 unless the Legislature fixes the loopholes created when LD 725 was signed into law in June.
In response to the USDA’s threat to terminate the MMPI, LD 1648, was drafted to fix the loophole. However, it adds new policy language allowing the sale of food and food products without adequate quality testing.
Please call your state representative and senator, and members of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee today and tell them:
- Save the Maine Meat and Poultry Inspection Program. There must be a fix or the USDA will shut down the program.
- Maintain Maine’s Brand Quality. Consumers trust that Maine farmers, food producers and businesses provide healthy food using adequate food science knowledge.
- Keep the solution simple. Reduce the uncertainty. Keep ‘Maine farmers and businesses producing food for Main[e] Street!’
Remind your legislators and community members how this impacts you:
- Do you support Maine food and farming?
- Do you own a business that provides Maine grown food for sale within state commerce?
- Do you support businesses in your community who rely on agriculture to support them and their employees?
A resilient Maine food system and economy matters to farmers and Maine people. To achieve this, infrastructure needs to exist, processing cannot be shut down, and put out of business, or face bureaucratic uncertainty.
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